AMIR KHAN risked the wrath of his wife by insisting a Saturday night win over Terence Crawford would top his wedding day.
The Bolton hero married Faryal Makhdoom in New York in 2013 and returns to the Big Apple this weekend for a shot at greatness.
2 Amir Khan might get a thumbs-down from wife Faryal Makhdoom when she hears what he said about how special toppling unbeaten Terence Crawford would be
Unbeaten American Crawford is the WBO welterweight world champion and considered one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet.
And 8-1 outsider Khan says upsetting the odds and winning on Crawford’s home soil will top his lavish nuptials.
The former light-welterweight champ, 32, said: “Winning this fight would be my biggest win in boxing.
“Would beating Terence Crawford in New York top my wedding day in New York? Yes, definitely.
“The wife will kill me for that but it has to be. I am putting everything on the line and I want it more than him.
“This means so much to my legacy — this fight will be talked about for years.”
The Madison Square Garden showdown will be Khan’s 11th fight in the USA and he hopes 31-year-old Crawford (below) has underestimated the threat he poses to his 34-0 record.
Britain’s 2004 Olympic silver medallist enjoyed two wins in 2018 after two years out with a hand injury.
But he was dropped by Samuel Vargas in Birmingham last September and failed to convince during that points win.
Khan, who has lost four times, said: “I think they have made a mistake fighting me, I up my game against the better opponents.
“I have been in the game for a long time, 38 fights, and it is hard to motivate yourself for Phil Lo Greco or Samuel Vargas because you are supposed to just turn up and win.
“I hope they think I am the old Amir Khan, I think that is why I have got this fight. Crawford did not look great in his last fight.
“I am a sharper puncher with more power, I am going to be smart.
“If he comes to fight it will be his biggest mistake.
“Everything he has done before has worked for him so changing will be a big mistake.”
Khan remains a big name in the States after high- profile wins over stars like Paulie Malignaggi, Marcos Maidana and Zab Judah in 2010 and 2011.
But he never expected his American dream to go so sweetly.
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Khan admitted: “I am an American veteran — looking back now I never thought I would get this far or go so long.
“I never thought I would have so many big American fights, it has gone better than I ever thought it could go.”
n Amir Khan v Terence Crawford for the WBO world welterweight belt is live on BT Sport Box Office on Saturday. For more info, go to bt.com/btsportboxoffice.
Getty Images – Getty2 Terence Crawford is hot favourite to beat Amir Khan after winning all his 34 bouts